Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 332: Ramon Zuluaga Miquelet Escopeta

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Engraved, Gold and Silver Accented, and Carved Ramon Zuluaga Miquelet Escopeta

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,500 - $4,000

Engraved, Gold and Silver Accented, and Carved Ramon Zuluaga Miquelet Escopeta

Manufacturer: Spanish
Model: Miquelet
Type: Carbine
Gauge: 68
Barrel: 29 inch part octagon
Finish: blue/bright
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 269
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 172
Class: Antique

The two-stage smoothbore barrel has a silver blade front sight with silver inlaid radiating lines around the base, multi-banded transition point, "DE HERRADURAS" inlaid in silver on top at the breech, a gold vent liner, and silver border design at the breech. A dished rear sight is part of the standing breech. The barrel is secured by wedge and hooked breech. The marking on the barrel indicates the use of steel from used horse shoes. The process of turning the horse shoes into barrel steel was known to create very strong steel, and this process was used by Zuloaga in the early 19th century. The ornate miquelet lock is signed "Zuloaga" in script and has floral engraving at the tail and nicely sculpted components. The iron trigger guard is signed "Ramon/Zuloaga" in script in an oval on the bow and has an ornate floral finial that coordinates with the ramrod entry pipe and heel plate. The side plate also has some light floral engraving. The stock has an interesting carved checkering pattern on the forend and wrist and a fluted "Madrid" style buttstock.

Rating Definition:

Very good with trace of original blue finish on the barrel and otherwise brown patina and some mild pitting mainly at the vent, bright gold vent liner, dark aged patina on the silver inlays, fairly bright lock with some oil staining, and dark gray patina on the furniture. The stock is fine and has mild overall wear, some small chips, a few dents, and light scratches. Mechanically fine.

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